March 5, 2011

Bad Baby Gaga

1 Lady Gaga May Sue over Breast Milk Ice Cream

Lady Gaga threatened to sue The Icecreamists, a UK ice cream shop that began selling Baby Gaga ice cream, which is made from breast milk, if they don't stop using her name. (Recently, the ice cream was pulled from the shelves pending investigation as to its safety.) Lady Gaga who calls the product “deliberately provocative and, to many people, nausea-inducing,” is concerned that it might damage her image and asks that the company “change the name of the ice cream to something which is not aurally, visually or conceptually similar to Lady Gaga.” Says Icecreamists owner Matt O’Connor, “[Lady Gaga] seems to have forgotten that since the dawn of time the word gaga has been one of the first discernible phrases to come from a baby’s mouth. This is why we chose the name.”

More at Styleite.com | Hat tip to http://news.blogs.cnn.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: UK's Breast Milk Ice Cream Taken off Market

Tags: Lady Gaga, Matt O' Connor, The Icecreamists, Breast Milk Ice Cream, Baby Gaga Ice Cream, Lady Gaga Threatens to Sue London Ice Cream Parlor, Is Breast Milk Ice Cream Healthy

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The Toes Know

2 Toenails Foretell Lung Cancer Risk

A recent study involving more than 30,000 men who provided toenail clippings found that nicotine levels in the clippings can predict lung cancer risk. Researchers compared toenail clipping of the 210 men who developed lung cancer with those from men who didn't develop cancer. Regardless of how much the men reported smoking in the past and even if the men weren't currently smoking, nicotine levels present in toenail clippings predicted lung cancer risk. Researchers note that more than 10 percent of men with the highest nicotine levels had never smoked. The study findings suggest that previous studies may have underestimated the "true effects of tobacco smoke" by using only reported active smoking. The study was published in American Journal of Epidemiology.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Processed Meat Linked to Ovarian Cancer Risks

Tags: American Journal of Epidemiology, Lung Cancer Risk, Danger of Lung Cancer, What Toenails Tell Us, Learning from Toenails, Importance of Toenails, Risk of Developing Lung Cancer, Family History Lung Cancer, Reported Active Smoking, Secondhand Smoke Shows in Toenails

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CDC: U.S. Promotes Overeating

3 America Fatter Than Canada

The obesity rate in the U.S. is higher than in Canada, says the CDC. More than a third of people in the U.S. are obese, but only a quarter of Canadians suffer from obesity, reports BBC. The CDC has said that some of the difference could be attributed to demographics. America has a larger number of black and Hispanic people, two demographics more prone to obesity. When comparing only non-Hispanic white populations, the CDC found that 25.6 percent of Canadians were obese, compared with 33 percent of Americans. The study reveals that both the U.S. and Canada have experienced significantly higher obesity rates in the past 20 years. The CDC has said that U.S. society encourages obesity with its promotion of overeating, physical inactivity and poor diet.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Fattest Countries, Who Is Most Fat, Number of Fat in Canada, America Fatter Than Canada, America among Fattest Countries, CDC Obesity Studies

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Circumventing Drug Resistance

4 Protein Increases Uptake of Pancreatic Cancer Drug

By increasing the expression of a protein found on the surface of pancreatic tumor cells, researchers at the University of Georgia increased the ability of the anticancer drug gemcitabine to enter and kill the cell. CNT1, the cell-surface protein, is impaired in 67 percent of pancreatic tumors making the disease difficult to treat. Gemcitabine gets into the cell’s DNA and prevents replication so the cancer cells cannot divide and multiply. In this study, researchers used techniques that increased its expression and inhibited its degradation. To increases CNT1’s expression, micro-RNAs, small molecules that alter protein expression were added to the tumor cells. The next step is to conduct animal studies to determine if this method is safe and effective.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: The 10 Most Deadly Cancers

Tags: Gemcitabine, Pancreatic Cancer, CNT1, Micro-RNA, University of Georgia

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LITERALLY GET SICK from STUDYING

5 Scientists Developing Memory Virus

Scientists are developing a memory virus designed to genetically reengineer the brain to retain memories long after they're made. The memory virus involves injecting the memory-preserving enzyme protein kinase M ζ directly into the parts of the brain that deal with memory. Once the virus has been injected into the brain affected cells produce more of kinase M ζ, leading to a higher rate of memory retention. The virus was tested on rats, with results showing an improvement in specific types of associative memory concerning taste. The scientists who conducted the study have been careful to state the limitations of the memory virus, suggesting that it may only affect memory retention with regards to bad tastes.

More at Science Mag | Hat tip to Ars Technica | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Big Head May Mean Better Memory

Tags: Virus, Increasing Memory, Memory Virus, Kinase M

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